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Doctor insights on: Bilateral Vocal Cord Paralysis In Children

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How typical is vocal cord paralysis?

How typical is vocal cord paralysis?

Common: Vocal cord paralysis has numerous causes and can affect speaking, breathing, and swallowing. The left vocal cord is affected twice as often as the right, and females are affected more often than males (3:2). Diagnosis is based on direct visualization. An extensive assessment may be necessary to determine the cause. ...Read more

Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more


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What are the tests for vocal cord paralysis?

What are the tests for vocal cord paralysis?

Laryngoscopy: The most common way to diagnose vocal cord paralysis is laryngoscopy in the office. This can be done with a mirror in the mouth, or passing a small bendable telescope through the nose into the throat to look at the larynx. There are fancy electrical tests to measure vocal cord nerve input, but that is difficult and not often used. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of vocal cord paralysis?

What are the symptoms of vocal cord paralysis?

Voice: Hi. Vocal cord paralysis results from damage to one or both recurrent laryngeal nerves (assume 1). This usually results from neck, lung, or mediastinal tumors, or from surgery in that region. The affected vocal cord is paralyzed. This makes vocal intonation with that cord unadjustable, so there is a raspy, somewhat constant tone from the affected cord (the contralateral normal cord works fine). ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting vocal cord paralysis?

Yes: If they have certain immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or if they have had instrumentation over their vocal cords such as thru trauma or medical procedure like endoscopy or being on a ventilator. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of vocal cord paralysis and is there any way to address them?

What are the symptoms of vocal cord paralysis and is there any way to address them?

Please see below.: Vocal cord paralysis can cause a characteristic breathy voice often accompanied by difficulty swallowing, a weak cough, and feeling short of breath. If both vocal cords are affected, symptoms can include stridor. It can have a variety of causes, and correct treatment depends on the cause. ...Read more

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Is vocal cord paralysis curable?

It depends.: Depends on the cause, and is it unilateral or bilateral. There are procedures to make the voice pretty normal and to get rid of the other symptoms, but there is no procedure to make the nerve work completely normally. ...Read more

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Will my 1-year-old son recover from vocal cord paralysis?

Vocal cord paralysis: If your baby's doctor diagnosed "vocal cord paralysis" why hasn't your baby been referred to an ear, nose, and throat doctor - preferably one more used to to caring for babies? ...Read more

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What is the treatment for vocal cord paralysis?

Please see below.: Vocal cord paralysis can cause a characteristic breathy voice often accompanied by difficulty swallowing, a weak cough, and feeling short of breath. If both vocal cords are affected, symptoms can include stridor. It can have a variety of causes, and correct treatment depends on the cause. ...Read more

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Vocal Cord (Definition)

The vocal cord is a short (about 1cm long) band of tissue in the larynx (aka "voice box"). It is paired, so everyone has 2, and they are located just below the "adam's apple." when you breathe, they are separated from each other. When you speak, they come together while your lungs push air (like a bellows or bagpipe) past them, and they vibrate, like a reed ...Read more


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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more